As we approach Remembrance Day on 12 November, many people will be reflecting on those who have given their lives in conflicts across the years and the families left behind. We also reflect on the commitments made by past and present service people, reservists and their families that offer critical support, including within the NHS.
Remembrance is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought for our freedoms. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the commitments of the Armed Forces community, including within the NHS. To all those who have served and continue to serve, thank you.
Armistice Day is commemorated every year in many countries across the globe, on 11 November. This date marks when the armistice, (Latin for to stand arms) an agreement to end the fighting of the first world war as a prelude to peace negotiations, was signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany. This took effect on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 1918.
Remembering can be hard. The NHS in England has specialist, veteran informed mental health support for those who have served in the UK Armed Forces. Op COURAGE can support anyone veterans and reservists living in England if they are struggling with their mental health as a result. Details can be found at www.nhs.uk/opcourage. Thank you to all who help support our Armed Forces community.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.